Residents sound off on GRASI war games

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM.

The EIS offers two alternatives for GRASI: Use of Tate’s Hell or no expansion of the exercise area.

At the Carrabelle meeting, Bruce McCormack, CEO of Gulf Unmanned Systems Center (GUSC), said there is an alternative venue for war games. He said military groups, including Eglin, have used a 90,000-acre tract of privately owned land near Blountstown since 1999. GUSC would administer the lease of the available land using employees working in Franklin County , he said.

 

No ‘significant beneficial or adverse impacts’

According to the EIS, the Air Force “has not identified any significant beneficial or adverse impacts associated with the proposed action. While the Air Force has identified the potential for adverse impacts to various resources, these impacts would be insignificant.”

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reviewed the EIS and will give their final decision after the public comment period is completed, said Air Force officials.

At the two meetings last week, a number of commenters disagreed, many expressing concern over the effects of noise pollution.



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